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What Are Your Teeth Saying About Your Health? The Dentist Knows!

family dentistry methuen, MA kalil dentalWhen you go to see your dentist for your regular check-ups, you might not realize that you’re getting a health check at the same time. That’s because things can be happening in your mouth that indicate that there’s a problem in another part of your body.

 

How’s your health? Let’s ask your mouth

It’s been proven through research that more than 90% of all bodily diseases show up in our mouths. Conditions such as gum swelling, sores and dry mouth can be signs of diseases, including:

  • Leukemia
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Osteoporosis

 

Our mouth can be the first place our body shows signs of disease

Researchers believe that symptoms of many serious diseases can first manifest in the mouth, making your dentist a key member of your overall health care team. Your dentist knows, for example, that if you’re complaining of chronic bad breath and you also have bleeding gums, those signs could indicate you have diabetes. In addition,

  • Dental x-rays can show the first signs of bone loss.
  • A sore and painful jaw can signal an oncoming heart attack.

 

Your regular dental visits are good for your overall health

You might not notice you have a problem, so you wouldn’t be making an appointment with your doctor. But many disease symptoms don’t show up until they’ve progressed to a more serious stage. In many cases, your dentist may be the first health professional to diagnose a problem because many people see their dentists more regularly than their doctors.

 

Your dentist helps to keep your teeth healthy, but that’s not all

A dental exam can also detect poor nutrition and hygiene, improper jaw alignment, acid reflux and grinding. You might be surprised to know that you should not only tell your dentist about any problems with your teeth or gums, but also about health developments that might seem unrelated – because sometimes they actually are related. For example, chronic headaches could mean your grinding your teeth.

In addition to your regular twice-yearly exams, call us for an appointment immediately if you have any unusual problems that are concerning you. In Windham, call 603-434-0090; in Methuen, call 978-688-1895.